Did you miss me? It’s been a little strange not reporting every week on what’s going on behind the scenes. But we’re at the halfway point and launch is just a few weeks away. I have this wonderful combination of excitement, anxiety and joy that I experience when I think about launch day. We’ve all invested so much in Carina, it’s definitely a business to love given the mix of behind-the-scenes, amazing staff and the raw talent of the authors. I suppose it’s a little like introducing your family to your new significant other. You want them to love them, admire them and appreciate their great points as much as you do.
This past week, I started to get caught up on submissions but got sidelined by a trip to Toronto that I just returned from last night. I won’t be heading back to Toronto again until September, as summer conferences (and hopefully a summer vacation!) will be taking up my travel time. Plus, it’s the summer, I plan to be on the beach as much as possible, watching my family try to kill themselves on boogie boards while I read as many books as I possibly can.
Things have been pretty crazy in Carina-land. Even though all of you are still looking to launch and (hopefully) anticipating launch books, we’re now looking at August and forward production schedules. We’re talking marketing going forward, we’re discussing where the readers are and how we can continue to reach out to them. Working towards launch was the easy part (insert hysterical laughter here) now we have to grow, build and expand! In fact, in the interest of expanding, I’ve once again been speaking with a few new potential editors!
The rest of this week, I’m dedicating to (finally) getting caught up on submissions (and other email) I will tell you this, though…we have now met the 1000 submissions received and read mark! I think that’s pretty amazing for a new imprint that hasn’t published any books yet and that only opened its doors in November, don’t you? This has allowed us to start setting our production schedules for this fall with an amazing variety of romance, mystery, fantasy and other fiction. I personally have been reading a LOT of novella submissions because I find them easy to get through, and I’ve contracted four just in the past two weeks from all of my reading. So if you have a novella, any fiction genre (except YA) I hope you’ll consider sending it my way. We’re also seeking erotic romance of any length for publication in Fall 2010. Something spicy, whether it’s m/f, m/m, m/m/f or any combination thereof. Any kink, and yes, BDSM is welcome. There’s something spectacular about well-written BDSM!
We have a few more posts coming today, including one from Eleanor Elliot about our “new” website and one where I tell you about our Romantic Times 2010 experience and share some video. But before I go, I want to take a quick minute to point out a few new features here on the blog. Some of you asked for the ability to search just the blog, and that feature has been added, as has subscribe to comments and the ability to repost the blog to various social medias. If there’s any other features you think are still missing, give a yell.
As a quick update about upcoming appearances, I’ll be at the Lori Foster Get Together in Cincinnati in June, where I’ll be speaking about Carina and digital publishing. If you’ll be there, please come and say hello. And also in June I’ll be in Birmingham, Alabama speaking to the local RWA chapter and answering all of their questions about being an author and publishing in the digital age. If you live nearby, please think about driving up and joining us for the day.
In the meantime, it’s been awhile, so let’s chat. You’ve heard from half of the launch authors so far, what books are on your Carina Press wishlist for this June?